Security starts at home

We have discussed before the importance of having a security mindset at work and establishing a security culture.  We cannot understate the need for everyone to be a self aware employee, to be on the lookout for security issues and to appropriately report on those issues.  Security budgets are increasing and the emphasis on security is expected to grow with each year.  With that, attackers are going to adjust and adapt their tactics.  One area they will begin to dig deeper into is employee household security.

Home security is going to get more and more emphasis as the Internet of Things takes hold in each home.  We have already seen appliances that can be attacked and turned into positive collectors of information include signals information, also known as your washer and dryer turning into a microphone for others to listen in on. We have seen hackers tap into baby monitoring systems.  We will see this and then some as our homes become more and more connected.

And with this, the attack surface for hackers grows.  If security at the company becomes too hard to hack into, switch tactics to a less secure environment.  Target family members, access online accounts or remote workplace access.  It is incumbent upon us to share our security knowledge with our family, and especially our kids.  There are already studies about the lack of security awareness that millennials have.  So we need to help them adopt good security habits.

So what can you do?  In truth, it is no different than what you should do at your office:

  1. Talk about security.  Make it a point of emphasis at dinner tables or while you are on the road.  Make time to talk about security and the importance of key security principles.
  2. Change passwords on your accounts every 60-90 days.
  3. Change default passwords on your appliances and routers.
  4. Keep a low profile on social media.  Social media is one of the first place social engineers or hackers will look for information in their information gathering/footprinting stage.
  5. Take off your rose colored glasses and think it won’t happen to you.

These are just some of the key fundamentals, but you can always build upon it.  Just like having a fire plan, you need to have a contingency plan and know what to do if your information is compromised.

Step one though is to just start the dialogue with your family.


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